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Garza Blanca’s Pristine Beach is a Certified Blue Flag Beach

While there are many beautiful beaches in and around Puerto Vallarta, Garza Blanca Beach is one of 10 beaches in Puerto Vallarta and the surrounding area with the international Blue Flag accreditation.   The Blue Flag badge is a highly respected and recognized eco-label in 47 countries used by the FEE to certify that beaches around the world are environmentally friendly, clean and safe. Mexico has a total of 53 Blue Flag beaches.   The best way to enjoy this beautiful beach located right in front of Garza Blanca Preserve Resort and Spa, is to stay at the resort or its neighboring Hotel Mousai. Just imagine yourself swimming in pristine waters, achieving a golden tan, and experiencing one of the most idyllic tropical vacations of your life.   Garza Blanca actually means ‘white heron’ and while these birds are rarely spotted in many places around the world, they can often be seen along the shoreline, close to Los Arcos national park, diving for fish amongst the seagulls and the pelicans.    Experts say that right now Garza Blanca Beach is in the best condition it has been in for years. The reason is that a lot of the soft sand that covered the shore was taken …

Turkey and Football on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Day is one of the most important holidays in the United States. It is a day for family and friends to get together to enjoy a feast and give thanks for their blessings. Turkey and stuffing are the traditional Thanksgiving fare.  This tradition started with The Mayflower Pilgrims back in 1621 when they gathered for an autumn celebration after their first successful corn harvest. They invited the Indians to thank them for their help teaching them how to cultivate the land and increase the productivity of the crops. The celebrations lasted for three days.   In the years that followed, Thanksgiving became an official American holiday and has been celebrated since then with great enthusiasm.  For many Americans, a traditional Thanksgiving meal would not be complete without a turkey, but Thanksgiving NFL Football has played a very important part in the tradition as well since 1934, when the first Thanksgiving day football game was played between the Detroit Lions and the Chicago Bears.  In order to continue this well-established tradition of feasting and football, on November 28th Garza Blanca Preserve in Puerto Vallarta celebrated Thanksgiving with …

Day of the Dead Traditions

Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is considered one of the most representative traditions of Mexican culture. This is a multi-day holiday that takes place from October 31st to November 2nd.   During this time, a door is opened for the souls of the departed to crossover from the land of the dead and visit the earthly realm. This is a similar concept to Halloween, the difference is that during Halloween  the spirits that visit are thought to be feared, while in Mexican culture the visiting spirits are believed to be beloved family members.   November 1st is dedicated to the “little angels” and honors children and infants who have passed away. November 2nd is the day dedicated to remembering and honoring deceased adults. This tradition dates back to pre-Hispanic times and has since been celebrated through various rituals by more than 40 indigenous groups in the country.    Originally, according to the Aztec tradition this festival celebrated the Queen of the Underworld, Mictecacihuatl (lady of the dead) and her husband Mictlantecuhtli. They ruled over the land of Mictlan, the lowest level of the underworld. The job of Mictecacihuatl was to oversee the festivals of the dead. When the newly dead were buried, the worldly goods buried with them were …

Presenting the New Blanca Blue Menu

Presenting the New Blanca Blue Menu

Mexican cuisine is well known for its unique and diverse flavors and forms an essential part of national identity, so important that UNESCO declared Mexican Gastronomy an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Mexican gastronomy is a delicious mix of ancient traditions and modern innovations.   Interested in always offering the best, Blanca Blue restaurant presented a new menu of dishes at the beginning of August brimming with flavors, aromas and panoramas that will take you on a journey through time and to different corners of the country. With a variety of dishes to choose from, the new Blanca Blue menu blends typical Mexican food and the avant-garde touch that characterizes Garza Blanca.  For a completely new taste experience, we recommend starting with the Cactus Paddle Salad. The Cactus Paddle is created around nopal, an emblematic cactus plant of Mexico with deep symbolic roots since pre-Hispanic times. This classic ingredient is brought to life with a combination of  tomatoes, jalapeños, oregano, coriander, pickled carrots, lime juice and crispy tortillas. The surprisingly warm tang of this dish is highlighted with …

Tuesday Pirate Show for Kids

During spring, summer and winter holidays, Garza Blanca’s activities team create a fun Pirate Show for Kids on Tuesdays at 11:00am at the Main Pool.  Before the show, our activities team helps the kids dress up as pirates with eye patches and face paint, and learn about the art of balloon twisting as they make their own balloon swords.  During the show, they will play games and can participate to win prizes such as hats and swords. The show lasts approximately 50 minutes, and is followed by a treasure hunt. Through riddles, games and challenges, kids follow a treasure map to find hidden treasure around our Main Pool and beach areas. This fun activity will leave your children with fantastic memories of an unforgettable experience! 

Fourth of July BBQ Experience

Fourth of July BBQ Experience

Each year we celebrate July 4th with our Fourth of July Barbecue event, and this year was no exception. This year we partied it up to celebrate the independence of the United States at the main pool.  On the evening of July 4th, we received our guests in the main pool area facing the sea. There was a great turnout, with an influx of approximately 100 people. We offered a variety of salads, sandwiches and barbecue fare such as corn dogs, buffalo wings, french fries, onion rings and potato wedges. And of course the most important thing at a barbecue is the grill! Our expert barbecue chef, Refugio Silva, cooked up hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ ribs, chicken sandwiches, mixed skewers, sweet corn and beef brisket, providing all of the traditional delicacies of a true summer barbecue. Our pastry chef, Marcelo, manned the donut station, serving up these sweet, fried bits of doughy summer heaven.  Our bar manager Ivan Aguilar prepared a bar with welcome drinks, providing a special touch for this commemorative day. Adding to …

Special Turndown Amenities for Honeymoons, Birthdays, Anniversaries

Special Turndown Amenities for Honeymoons, Birthdays, Anniversaries

At Hotel Mousai we love to celebrate your special occasions with you! Special turndown services are available for honeymoons, birthdays, anniversaries and other occasions.  We would like to share some items from our suite service menu that are available for your special occasions, and invite you to let us know when you are celebrating an occasion, so we can help you celebrate it better!  Members receive a pre-arrival email before your stay, which asks if you are celebrating any special occasion, so remember to let us know! Birthday Are you or is someone in your party celebrating a birthday? Why not make it a little extra special by ordering a dessert to be sent up to your room! Our suite service has a new birthday treat on the menu: a giant macaron cookie stuffed with cream cheese, almonds and raspberries, with “Happy Birthday” written just for the birthday boy or girl.  Honeymoon Hotel Mousai is a great choice for your honeymoon in Puerto Vallarta, and we want to make your special time together even more …

Food & Beverage Activities at Hotel Mousai

Food & Beverage Activities at Hotel Mousai

The Food and Beverage department at Hotel Mousai provides four activities for members and guests each week: Thursday – Mixology Class Our mixologist teaches guests how to prepare margaritas, micheladas and other drinks, and then invites the guests prepare them on their own. Friday – Champagne Nights As a promotion, we fill a hot tub full of bottles of champagne, and we offer a discount of 15-20% off the price of a bottle. A purchased bottle also comes with free Spanish style tapas, so you have something delicious to eat while drinking your champagne. Saturday – Latin Sensations Five musicians play together all different types of Latin music including salsa, bachata, and more. Come enjoy the music, decorations, lights, ambiance, and of course, dancing! Sunday – Coconut Stand Natural coconuts cut and served fresh, accompanied by a special drink menu with cocktails based on coconut, made with spirits such as gin, tequila, vodka and more, and served in a whole coconut.

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day

Catch of the Day is an activity designed to offer our guests the freshest product brought from the sea to the comfort of your sunbed!   Every Friday afternoon our guests have a variety of options to choose from in our small beachfront marketplace, featuring seafood such as octopus, shrimp, lobster, crab and lots of fresh fish. Select the seafood of your choice, and let our chef prepare it right in front of you! You can choose from a delicious ceviche prepared at the moment, enticing salads, and our typical zarandeado fish, representative of Puerto Vallarta, attractive and delicious for its diverse flavors to enjoy an afternoon on the beach or pick the dish of your choice for your dinner and sit back to taste your incredible dish in the comfort of your favorite restaurant at the Hotel.

Tai Chi at Garza Blanca

Tai Chi at Garza Blanca

Tai Chi Chi Gong, better known as Tai Chi, is a martial art with therapeutic applications originating from the Chinese Empire. Tai Chi is practiced to achieve a greater physical and psychic balance. This activity is taught by our yoga teacher, Mr. Procoro, who is a specialist in this discipline. Tai Chi is an active meditation expressed through smooth continuous circular movements that bring general well-being, mental clarity and calmness. Although mastering it is complex, starting only requires the student to be interested and have minimal mobility. Tai Chi Chi Gon is a martial art of Chinese origin, based on the development of inner energy through softness and intention. This inner energy, or “chi,” is also the object of treatment by acupuncture and other traditional Chinese therapeutic methods. Tai Chi Chi Gong exercises the Body, Mind and Spirit all together. It is an intense and complete practice, beneficial at any age. A session of Tai Chi Chi Gong for beginners, consists of joint opening exercises and stretching of muscles and tendons to focus attention and …